Owner/ Managing Director of Hold Fast Entertainment
Prior to owning any nightclubs and becoming a live music promoter, I was a guitarist in 2 rock bands: First Priority, followed by The Crows.
We managed to get signed to 2 record and publishing companies, MCA and EMI. Through those we toured all over the UK, supporting the likes of:
The Clash, PIL and The Damned
I opened the very first but short lived Cathouse Rock Club in Bathgate. Since then, I have been heavily involved in numerous clubs, bars and restaurants. The most notable being the hugely successful
Twenty-eight years later, the Catty and The Garage are still thriving and going from strength to strength.
Live Music Promoter
As live music venues, both clubs have hosted thousands of gigs including:
Prince, Coldplay, Anthrax, Pretenders, One Direction, FLC, QOTSA, Ocean Colour Scene and EODM.
The clubs each still feature prominently in the global live music circuit.
As a recognised promoter with CPL, and now Triple G, I have been personally involved with hundreds of acts and some of the world’s biggest names, including:
Oasis, Fall Out Boy, PANIC! At The Disco, Black Stone Cherry, Rob Zombie, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson.
I have passionately devoted an inordinate amount of my time and energy to charities and good causes.
In particular, Nordoff Robbins Scotland
Which I have been very proud to have led and been part of for the past 20 years.
During this time, the charity has raised millions of pounds for the provision of music therapy in Scotland.
Our high profile fundraising events include:
The SSE Scottish Music Awards, NRS Scottish Sports Awards, and our very popular Rock and Roll Golf Days.
In 2015, I was humbled to win the SLTN UK Industry Achievement Awards in recognition for my service to Scotland’s license industry.
Always a loud and proud Macleod, I am never one to shy away from important issues that need addressed, Especially with regards to licensing policy and the promotion of the night time economy.
I have been a columnist for The Mirror, The Sun, and for the past 6 years, the resurgent Sunday Post.
Eclectic mix of all styles and genres/ guitar-based rock music
Bowie – Rammstein – Andrew WK – Barns Courtney – AC/DC – Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Queens of the Stone Age – Queen – Killers – The Cult – Iggy Pop – Johnny Cash – Elvis – Stephanie Cheape
To ensure that the Cathouse and The Garage are set up for another 30 years and hope I’m still around to celebrate it.
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Portugal – New York – Isle of Skye – Dunkeld – Florence – Paris